Nozzolio to lead the Stardust Finger Lakes Initiative

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Source: Rochester Business Journal

Harris Beach PLLC partner and former state Sen. Michael Nozzolio has been tapped to lead the Stardust Finger Lakes Initiative, a promotional campaign designed to bring new businesses to the region.

Stardust Entrepreneurial Center of the Finger Lakes will seek partnerships and collaboration with Finger Lakes industrial development agencies, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards and others to assist established economic development efforts by focusing targeted attention on the region as a place to conduct business, start a business and grow a business.

“Our region has great job producing potential, but also faces significant challenges. It is my strong belief the Finger Lakes region can economically benefit from focused and targeted attention, and the Stardust Institute is to be commended for providing this essential branding of the Finger Lakes as an excellent place to grow business enterprise,” Nozzolio said in a statement.

The initiative will engage in extensive collaboration with other organizations in the Finger Lakes who either contribute to or have the potential to assist in the targeted promotion of job development efforts, Nozzolio said.

“The key is to provide assistance to their work by promoting our region’s significant assets,” he added.

The initiative plans to sponsor events, projects and programs relating to job creation in the region. In addition, the initiative anticipates creating internships that will provide practical hands-on business experiences for students attending established business and entrepreneurship programs at area colleges and universities.

The Stardust Entrepreneurial Center was co-founded by brothers Jack and Jerry Bisgrove, of Auburn, Cayuga County.

“Many individuals and organizations are working very hard and doing great things to enhance the Finger Lakes business climate,” Jack Bisgrove said. “Our initiative does not seek to reinvent the wheel, but rather we want our efforts to help make the wheel turn faster to move the Finger Lakes economy forward.”

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